tv Vice President Addresses National Conservative Student Conference CSPAN August 4, 2017 7:20pm-8:32pm EDT
i talked to working families. a woman in wisconsin told me she had to take a pass on paying her health insurance premium for three months so she would have enough money to buy christmas presents for her grandkids. we know the truth. america knows the truth. obama care has failed and obama care must go. [applause] the president never disappointed when this and it came up short finished to finish with the house of representatives started. he said every democrat in the seven and just a handful of republicans, in his words, let the american people down. my fellow conservatives, let me be clear. this ain't over. this ain't over by a longshot. [applause] and president trump and i are committed to keep her promise to the american people.
we were elected to repeal and replace obama care. you can confidence that president donald trump are going to fight every day until the end the obama care nightmare once and for all. [applause] when that day comes, and rest assured it will come, we will begin to restore health care based on the timeless american principles of personal responsibility, free-market competition, and state based reform. that's the conservative way to meet the needs of this country the 21st century when it comes to healthcare. that's the american way to improve 21st century healthcare for this generation and the next. [applause]
while we are working with this congress to act on health care, i will make another promise. president donald trump and i will roll our sleeves up, sit down lawmakers and pass the largest tax cut since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] we are going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms. president trump is going to cut business taxes in america so american corporations can compete with companies around the world to create good paying jobs right here in the good old usa. [applause] it's about healthcare, it's about tax cuts, and under this president's leadership, with the sport of this congress, we will keep rolling forward. we'll make the investments in
national defense to make america stronger and safer. we'll keep rain and in the unelected bureaucrats so they can cripple our economy from the taxpayer deaths. we'll have real education reform and make it possible for every child to go to the school of their choice and have access to world-class education that every child deserves. a lot of work to do but i know look into a lot of young people were anxious to get to it. to this rising generation of conservative leaders, i will tell you, you picked a great time to show up. [applause] this is the moment, now is the time, finish what we started the president and i are counting on all of you in this rising generation. we need your voices, your values, your energy and vision as never before. is this rising generation of leaders you know your future,
the future of this country depends on what we do in the days ahead. no one has more steak and it then you. was president break and he said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. this rings true today as it did half a century ago when he said it. i came here tonight to encourage you to keep standing up. keep speaking out. let your voices be heard. with your peers and colleagues. keep advocated without apology with cheerfulness, commonsense message that this country longs to hear. from this day forward, the president and i are going to have to count on every of your energy and enthusiasm, your courage and conviction in your passion. i know we'll have it. there is one more thing i might
ask of you if you're so inclined. this is a very challenging time in the life of our nation. widening in unknowable threats around the world. too much division here at home. an economy that is starting to get on its feet after years of struggling under the weight of the government. i would just say, as you leave here from this great conference energized, hearing the speakers that you have heard this week, go back to your homes and schools renewed in your determination to make a difference for conservative values. i encourage you if you're inclined to ahead of bended knee, it would be a good time to do that too. the truth is, it's a good time to pray for america. because, america matters. far beyond our shores.
and when i tell you to pray for america, not so much talking about an agenda or party, really just pray for this country. abraham lincoln had it pretty right, he was asked in his time if he thought god was on his side and he said i'd rather concern myself more with weather were on god's side than whether we are on god's side. so, just pray for this country, pray for all who serve in every capacity. because i do believe those ancient words that many are as true today as they have ever been, words that americans have clung to and much more challenging times people will humble themselves and pray you will hear from him and he will heal this land. this one nation under god,
place today. have faith in each other and in your fellow conservatives, the ability to make a difference as conservatives have since this movement was born. have faith in this president i promise you is fighting for you every day. above all else, have obama's faith in the american people. and if you place the miracle of democracy on the shores, that he will still do as he has always done, he will bless america. so i say to this rising generation, with your support, with the leadership we haven't president donald trump, and our majority in the house and senate and across this land and with your shining faces, i am confident together will make america safe again. together we will make america prosperous again and together, to borrow a phrase, we will make
you for serving as an ally. please enjoy your meal and will be back for conversation with secretary, ben carson to conclude the program. [applause] >> is a her, there'll be a dinner break at this closing event for the 2017 national conservative student conference being held by the young america's foundation. we expect that in about 30 minutes will have a conversation at this event with housing and urban development, secretary ben carson. will have live coverage on c-span2. until that gets underway, will show you some remarks by kentucky senator, rand paul who spoke at the conference on
monday. [applause] thank you thank you. i have three boys, one is here with me tonight, william paul. [applause] if you like obama care, you can keep it. [laughter] apparently that is the republican message. if you like obama care you can keep it. raise your hand if you want to keep obama care. exactly. nobody outside of washington who is a republican once to keep it. what happened to these people? i heard them say were going to repeal sounds like all of that and then some. yet, when we got appear we
decided to vote on a partial repeal and we lost a people who voted for it a year ago. then we started getting skinnier and skinnier, and we voted on the skinny repeal. what percentage of obama care would we repeal? maybe 20%. we lost people on that. some said it was too much. then they said it was too little the next appeal. it amazes me how people with a straight face and one republican alternative plan said literally, performed by republicans, if you like obama care, you can keep it. they're still one floating around. i don't understand the disconnect. the father used to call a potomac fever. people would get some sort of addiction to power and it crêpes their brain. it was lincoln who said that if you want to challenge a man and test a man with adversity, give them power. i think that is the po problem.
some of the people succumb to it they forget what they came from and what they said on the campaign trail. some people say, in order to get ahead we need to hold hands and sing can bu -- some of them aret playing nice. the thing is, do we all have to believe the same thing question agreeably think strongly and still have public discourse about it? was it always this way? people say your parents or grandparents there is a remembered 1950s, everything was perfect. nobody was angry and everybody lived in this peaceful world. so they sent politics, everybody used to get along. it's incivility that's a
problem. had these people that read her history? thomas jefferson and john adams read each other, they accused each other having children out of wedlock his -- we've had a wider back money when he first came up it was like 1810, he gets elected and he become speaker in his first term. they may have been up there 20 or 30 years it was a raucous place. they can have on that slid down the arm just in case people got out of the house of representatives. anyway, there is a guy named
john and he had two big dogs and these are like collaborative else. think game of thrones. so he has the sounds of the speaker before henry clay has said organic stocks out there and the congressman came up and said we need to get the dogs out of here. john randolph picked his cane up and caned him over the head. so is best not to mess with john randolph. so from the sergeant of arms get them off the floor. the sergeant of arms was armed, made him take the dogs out on then he wasn't too happy and henry clay comes out of the door and john randolph says, i never
sidestep a skunk. and henry clay said, i always do. and walked past him. things are not really ever without acrimony. the moral of the story, if there is a more isn't that we should carry gun be so happy that were shooting people on the house floor, we don't want that. do we want the opposite? do have to just sing and not voice what we truly believe in. all the things that are truly important in a they should stand your ground on. i think there are, there have been times in our history when we do. the people asking who is a hero and if i were to define what hero is, to me a hero someone who is not a man or woman of their times, but a man or woman beyond their times. for example in our history, william by garrison to me as a hero. he opposed slavery when it was unpopular. he said will everybody had
slaves so it was accepted and not a big deal. you can argue that but you can also argue that who are the extraordinary people who said it was a big deal and understood even at that time. garrison wrote a newsletter called the liberator for 35 years. you could say lincoln should get the credit and there's a great book by a guy named -- not i know you're not supposed to say thing bad about lincoln but the whole point was lincoln got there because of people like garrison who fought in the trenches of offer ideas for so long lincoln was a politician. he writes a letter at one point says we could keep you together, the thing is lincoln did a great thing in the end but he got there by ideas and -- so we're trying to think beyond that.
maybe there's not issues of slavery but the idea of whether babies mean a thing your children need anything we just say no big deal. the question i asked about a year ago was, when does life begin? many say when you take the baby out. really, so few babies in the hospital for couple months it's not really alive? in my practice i would examine babies that were sometimes one pounder a pound and a half. when they're born early and get oxygen to send they can develop add abnormal blood vessels. you can see people my age who are blind and they were born prematurely.
the thing is, i'm for the right to not have red light cameras. i hate red light cameras, by the way. the thing is, to get to red light cameras you have to be for something more important than that that precedes. individual liberty and rights. we have to understand where the liberty comes from. that are liberty comes from our creator. if we don't understand that then people come along and say healthcare is a right. really, if it's a right, if you have a right to concrete items, where does it end? here we are sitting in debate and obama care, and my side, god help us decide the only way we can replace it is to have a nearly 300 billion-dollar insurance stabilization. they said insurance is too expensive.
so we'll tax everybody, put it into a fun, give it to the insurance company so they can charge less. and i raise my hand which is a danger at lunch. i said, well i haven't had a new car in a while, nuclear cars are very expensive. if we could have a new car stabilization fund that would help me. i have two kids in college, could we have a college stabilization fund? my kids, drop their phone and rivers, lakes, ponds, you name it. and iphones are expensive, could we have an iphone stabilization fund? when did it become a republican idea to take from the general populace, tax, stick it into funding give it to a private company until until or their prices. it's not republican, so conservative. that became one of the main things that still at their talking about. when they say we don't have replacement, they want to government replacement. we got into the debate at the
beginning, i was on a television program and i said yes we should replace it at the same time because we need to offer something positive to the people. i would replace it with freedom. freedom of choice, competition, legalize the sale of an expensive insurance. they heard me say that they said yeah we need replaced. but we disagreed with what replace was. to many people replace was keeping obama care in place. keeping the tax subsidies in place. but then, keeping the regulations in place. what gets to is this, you are the next generation. you have to think through things. one of the unintended consequences, i tell the people the problem in washington is we have big hearts for small brains. a dinosaur syndrome in more ways than one.
people say that we must help people. so we have to let people buy insurance who are already sick. if we don't, were not good people. compassion is equated with money. sore throwing money at problems that isn't republican or compassion. the idea of throw more money at this, and i think a bigger, and bigger, and bigger. the fundamental flaw of obama cares us. if you tell people they can buy insurance after their sick, and then he put a bunch of mandates on insurance to make it more expensive so working-class people can't afford it and you tell them you come by after your sick, guess what happens? they wait to buy it when they're sick. the fancy name for this is adverse selection. the healthy people don't buy and it's the death spiral that is obama care. so what do they offer to replace it with? they said will subsidize the
death spiral. they were can i fix it. what is the real problem? to think i don't care about -- people in my family are sick. i try the a lot of time in my life to help people who don't have insurance get care. but i want to do something that works. if your house is on fire, do you call your insurance agent and say i need homeowners insurance, i forgot. if your house is on fire, you call firemen. if you're very sick and have no money we do have government healthcare, it's called medicaid. but if you're very sick and it's costing $1 million a year to keep you live, the insurance company knows how much it costs, you can't insure against that. you can't take all the sick people and called a high risk pool.
the it's not insurance. the insurance company knows what it will cost. when the executives came and i said if you no longer force people to buy insurance through the mandate, you don't find them, but you still tell them they can buy insurance after their sick, guess what, it might be worse than obama care. we keep what's in obama careorb. we keep what's in obama care for get rid of the force. most was still a force or coercion, but if you keep the regulation place and say you can buy it after sick people do, just doesn't work. the problem is, you could say that water is so important that how can we leave that up to individuals? food is so important, cars are important. how could we let free individuals make arrangements to buy and sell things for their neighbors. we have to have the government
involved. i would wipe out all the obama care regulations tomorrow, including a pre-existing conditions. what happens to those who fall through the cracks? you might not have a right to healthcare, we have an obligation to help you. there's a difference. it's important for you, you'll be in these debates, do we have a right to healthcare? now, but ever obligation to help people who don't have healthcare? absently. there's a difference between an obligation and a right. . .
compassionate. they lose the home, lose their credit and their future opportunities, and again, i'm not saying that they were bad people but what we have to do is we have to learn from the things that people do so that we can do things in a much more responsible way. and now particularly as we look at the millenials, and the difficulties they're having gets homes because so many of them come out of college or graduate school with huge debt, and it's not like it was 30 or 40 or 50 years ago, when you look at these subsidized educational loans that you paid back at 2%. now it's 5%, it's like having a house, a more than, compounded. they come out and have a terrible debt to income ratio and just don't qualify. so one thing that we're doing, for instance, through the
housing opportunity modernization act, is creating a circumstance whereby you can buy condominium with an fha backing, and they're frequently the first step on the ladder of home ownership, and then fannie mae is now working on decreasing the debt to income ratio qualifications, and we're also looking at ways of rolling the student debt into the mortgage, all in one low interest package. so, we're looking at ways to change that dynamic, and i think we'll be successful. >> fantastic. well, in the midst of lbjs a great society expansion of
government do you think the founders of the department would be surprised by the house challenges we have 52 years from now. >> i think they would be surprised because they meant well and they thought if we give people a leg up with these housing subsidies and things, it will put them in a position to then really accelerate, but what they would have found -- probably much to their chagrin -- is that some of the same people that they put into those houses are still there, generation after generation, and really have not taken advantage of the situation. but i think it had to do with the way that the systems were
designed. not only housing but a whole host of welfare type problems that tended to keep people comfortable in a setting where it wasn't really necessary to achieve. again, it sounds like a wonderful compassionate thing to do, but when you stop and think about it, is that really compassion? or is real compassion trying to develop people to their fullest extent? so, that's, for instance, one thing that we're doing now with the envision centers. these are places that are being put into the low-income areas that would be a -- for mentorship programs are for child cair, for basic instruction, for a whole host of things that quite frankly a
young person growing up and a are traditional family with a extended family, people with interest in minds, and people in situations where they're frequently born to a teenaged mom, don't have a father figure, all kinds of things can and they're not getting those things, we're trying to replace those things in their lives in order to give them an opportunity, but the key thing -- we don't have to wait 52 years to do this -- is we need to create ladders of opportunity. it's not about just putting people under a roof. it's about getting people to develop their god-begin talent, and i hope -- -- god-given talent and i hope 52 years from now it will be realized that the def news of success in housing is not how many people we can put in public housing but how
many people we can get out of it. [applause] >> with these ladders of opportunity, based on your police officer experience, what career advice would you have to offer today's young conservatives? >> well, i would think first of all, you know, learn how you learn. everybody learns differently. so make sure you learn how you learn. but my philosophy for success in life sum up two words: think big. the t is for talent, which god gave to every single person, not just the ability to sing and dance and throw ball but intellectual talent. intellectual talent helped america ascend rapidly to the pinnacle.
the h is for honest. lead a clean -- don't put skeletons in the closet because they will come back to haunt you just when you don't want to see them, guaranteed. the i is for insight, which comes from listening to people would have already gone where you're trying to good learn from their triumphs and mistakes. if you can learn from someone else's mistakes you can go a whole lot forward their and a whole lot faster. the n is for nice. be nice people. once they get over the suspicion why you're being sunrise, they'll be nice to you and you can get so minute more done when they're being nice and you are being nice. let's take the niceness pledge. the person beside you don't have their hand up you may kick them, because after this you have to be nice. what did you just pledge to do? to be nice to every single person you encounter for one week. okay?
now, what does that mean? that means no talking about people behind their back for a week. okay? some people may stroke out. i understand. it means you see somebody struggling with something, you are going to help them. men, it means we're opening the doors for the ladies and holding their chairs for them. [applause] >> ladies, it means you're not cursing them out when they do that. and you get on the elevator, there's no more stops or just one stop, you let somebody else get on. and when you get on the elevator, don't act like you never saw the numbers change. speak to people. might have to practice cpr but speak to people. getting in your car, the parking lot is jammed full, and three people are following in their car because they want your space, you get in the car, you are not going to open the glove
box and pull down the mirror, just get out of the space and let them have it, you know? don't have to revel in your power. what are you doing during that week? thinking about others first. what kind of a nation could we have if we thought about others first. and you're the next generation. you've got to do better than my generation. that hate people who don't agree with them. we can do so much better than that. and if two people agree about everything, one of them isn't necessary, so let's get over all this hatred stuff and learn how to have intelligent conversations with each other, talk about why you believe what you believe.
it will make all the difference in the world. [applause] >> in an ideal world, such on college campuses-that would be fantastic. i know you're a devout chin. -- devout christian and have not shied away from expression your faith. it appears to be unwavering. what role does faith have in your professional development and what about students on college campuses who feel their freedom is under attack. >> it has played a very large role in my life. really ever since i was a teenager, when i was 14 and i trade to stab someone. it was interesting during the campaign, some of the media said, that didn't happen. we can't prove that he ever had a bad temper. we even went back to talked to some people who had no idea what
i was talking about, and that proved -- and then when the parade magazine article came out where they did an extensive interview of my nature 1997. she was on the front cover and talk about my temper. they just slinked back into the shadow. the fact of the matter is, it was that episode, recognizing if the that young man had not had that belt buckle on my life would have been completely changed, and yet it shows how god can take a knife that i was going to use to kill somebody, and change it into a scalpel to save lives. that kind of thing. [applause] but as you said, i've never shied away from talking about it. i was once in a public debate in
california, with richard dawkins. i don't know if you know who that is, the world's for most evolutionist, and he thinks anybody who doesn't believe the way he does is a total idiot, and he is not shy about letting you know that. and so toward the end of the debate i said, you know what? i think you have won because you have convinced me that i came from god and you came from a monkey. [laughter] [applause] >> but needless to say he wasn't too pleased. but even if a person is not in any way religious, there's nothing wrong by with live big godly principles, of loving your fellow man, carrying about your
neighbor, developing you god-begin talents so you become valuable to the people, having values and principles that govern your life. >> fantastic. thank you for that advice. looking back at the historic election to say the least, what lessons did you learn as a presidential candidate and what surprised you the most? >> well you know, it became very clear that the people of this country -- and i have to tell you i was so impressed with the people everywhere in this country, every part of this country, everybody was just wonderful to me, and i think they were looking for an outsider, because the insiders, they hadn't done such a great job in either party, and that was a bit surprising. but i also got a very good
opportunity to get to know all the other people who were running, and seeing what kind of people they were, and the person i ended up being very impressed with was donald trump, and i tell you the reason. during the debates, if any of you watched them you noticed they didn't ask me many questions. he was the only one that complained about that. the others i think were happy they weren't asking me questions. and then during one of the debates, i couldn't hear my name being announced and i was standing there waiting. everybody else walked past me except trump. he stood there with me until they straightened out and that told me what kind of person he was. so, when it came to the place where i had concluded that i
couldn't get enough delegates to be the winner and i dropped out, had to decide quickly to make an endorsement because we were heading to a brokered convention and that would have been a disaster. so it was relatively easy for me to make that choice, and i'm very happy i did. [applause] >> i had not heard that story about donald trump staying with you at the debate, and what are the other untold stories and successes within hud and the administration that the media has neglected to cover and of what accomplishment are you most proud? >> they love stories like secretary gets stuck in the elevator. they just go crazy. it was all over the country before i even got on the elevator. the fact of the matter is it's
been many successes. i would love it if they talked about how the people at hud, the career people, the people who came in on the transition team, how they stepped up to the plate, recognizing that i didn't have any assistant secretaries or deputy secretary, and they have kept things moving at a very rapid pace. we have been able to fulfill all of our obligations and some, and began to really reorient things and change from a bureaucracy to a business model. we hired a coo, cio, we are bringing on a cfo, and taking a holistic view of the problems that exist and fissioning them rather than putting little patchwork here and there, and those are the kind of things
that i think are going to make an incredible difference. then you look at something like the rad program, rental assistance demonstration, where there may be a public housing unit that is far behind in terms of repairs and things that need to be done, and able to turn those over to developers with the understanding that affordable units will be built and we have ways of filling in, subsidizing the gap, and you have a lot of local interests now in that project, so that it is extremely well-maintained. it's a win-win situation because the residents now have a beautiful place, and right now we're leveraging every public dollar with 19 private dollars. that's what i'm talking about
with public-private partnerships, and this is the way that we will ultimately be able to catch up, because right now we really have a crisis in terms of affordable housing. for every person we can help there are three that are in need, and over the years, lots of money has been poured into this, and the numbers of people continue to grow. we'll be able to catch up, but not only will be able to catch up but bible to create kind programs that -- be able to create kind of proms that allow people to have the opportunity to ascend the ladder economically and get out of the programs wind chill have a can-do see site. >> thank you for taking time out to be with us. we appreciate you. [cheers and applause]
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